Trip Ideas, Planning and Preparation

2017 Surly Troll the Baja Divide bike!

2017 Surly Troll on the Olympic Peninsula, WA

Trip Ideas

Feb-March 2019: I’ll visit my daughter in Australia and then head to New Zealand to solo tour the Tour Aotearoa route from Cape Reinga on the north island to Bluff on the south island, a 3000 km/1864 mi bikepacking trip. Then back to Australia where we’ll explore the country together!

May 19-29, 2019: Cross WA with David. 700 miles. Starts only 60 miles from my house!

Tentative June 14-July 2019: Tour Divide race/tour, solo. 3084 miles.

Khojana Wala

1990 Novara Ponderosa “Khojana Wala” in Dhariwal, India

Sept 2019: Italy for three weeks, along some EuroVelo routes around Tuscany solo.

November 2019: Trekking in the Indian Himalayas with David.

2020: Back to NZ with Eric, Pamir Highway/Tajikistan/Central Asia.

Preparation:

Bike: Highly modified and S&S coupled 1990 Novara mountainbike (Parkpre built) named “Khojana Wala” (the one who helps you get lost in Hindi). 26″ wheels, 3 x 10 speed friction, Jones SG bars. Weighs 35lbs with empty bags.

Gear: After many decades of touring, backpacking and travel I have every conceivable thing I’ll ever need…

Training: Not much this winter! Once a week rides at best.

A few things to improve: GPS skills.

That’s the current state of things so far…

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